Best Barbecue in Cave Creek 

Editorial StaffOctober 27, 2023
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This northern corner of Maricopa County is a barbecue mecca. 

  • Buffalo Chip Saloon
    Enjoy pit-smoked brisket, St. Louis-style spare ribs and pulled pork sandwiches daily, with bull riding every Wednesday and Friday.
    6823 E. Cave Creek Rd. 480-488-9118, buffalochipsaloon.com
  • The Horny Toad
    Established in 1976, The Horny Toad is the oldest original restaurant in Cave Creek. Try the baby back ribs or barbecue chicken to see why.
    6738 E Cave Creek Rd.  480-488-9542, thehornytoad.com
  • Cryin’ Coyote  
    Spareribs are the standout here, as are excellent side dishes such as chile relleno rice, baked potato salad strewn with bacon, and green chile cornbread muffins. Finish up with a hefty slab of Texas sheet cake.
    6130 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-575-7155, cryincoyotebbq.com